Newspatrolling: In a development that is expected to boost the policing system in the country, the government has approved Rs 25,060 crore for police reforms. The funds will be used to upgrade the existing police systems and infrastructure. The funds have been approved under an umbrella scheme that is being referred to as the “Modernization of Police Forces”. The funds will be utilized in 2017-18. The funds will also be used to improve the existing internal security system in various states. The center will contribute the majority of funds under the scheme. The center will contribute Rs 18,636 crore, which is about 80 percent of the overall outlay. The rest of the funds, Rs 6,424 crore will be provided by the various states.
Speaking about the police modernization program, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “The government had already increased the outlay to states as per the 14th Finance Commission recommendations, from 32 per cent to 42 per cent. It was earlier felt that police reforms would also be funded by states. But today, we have decided to approve the umbrella scheme over and above that.” A major percentage of the funds will be given to violence-hit states such as Jammu and Kashmir, northeastern states, etc. These states will get Rs 10,132 crore. The funds will be used for procuring modern weapons, advanced communication systems, helicopters, etc.